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5 First-Time EXPO Exhibitors to Check Out Now

Jessie Sardina | September 12, 2016 | Feature Features

This month, Navy Pier will welcome 145 galleries from across the world for the fifth annual EXPO Chicago. Here, five first-time exhibitors we can't wait to visit at the fair.
Betty Woodman's colorful glazed earthenware will be on display through David Kordansky Gallery at this year's EXPO Chicago.

1. Carpenters Workshop Gallery
On the heels of opening its first U.S. gallery on New York’s Fifth Avenue, this London-based hub will be showcasing a variety of functional sculptures melding contemporary art with design.

2. David Kordansky Gallery
An on-the-rise player in the ever-growing L.A. scene, this gallery boasts an impressive roster of 36 artists both fresh and established—like EXPO exhibitor Betty Woodman, an 86-year-old ceramicist known by many as one of the most influential figures in the medium.

3. Efrain Lopez Gallery
This new-on-the-scene space gathered attention both in Chicago and abroad when it opened its doors in Ukrainian Village earlier this year. With a focus on connecting young collectors with emerging artists, the gallery will make its EXPO premiere with a solo exhibition of sculptural works by Mexican artist Anuar Maauad.

4. Gallery MOMO
EXPO marks one of this top South African institution’s first U.S. fairs, and collectors will surely welcome the gallery’s dynamic exhibition featuring, alongside three other artists, Florine Demosthene’s inky paintings depicting the black female body.

5. Team (Gallery, Inc.)
This avant-garde Soho-based mainstay has gained attention from curators and collectors alike over the past two decades for its boundary-pushing exhibitions. EXPO welcomes the gallery’s showcase of five artists, including works from Hong Kong multimedia artist Samson Young.

Sept. 22-25, tickets from $20, expochicago.com



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